Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is likely to visit the destroyed remains of a firecracker shop at Attibele in Anekal town, where a massive fire broke out on Saturday afternoon that claimed 14 lives.
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The fire broke out when store workers were unloading firecrackers from a vehicle on Saturday around 3:30 p.m., police said.
According to the police, the situation is currently under control and firefighters managed to put out the flames completely.
An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire, police added.
Meanwhile, the Karnataka government announced a compensation of $5 lakh each to the family members of the deceased in the incident.
Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar visited the fire site on Saturday night and was briefed about the incident by officials.
“The authorities said that 13 people died in the fire. I spoke to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah over the phone about the incident. The family members of the deceased will be given an ex gratia amount of $5 lakh each from the government,” Shivakumar said.
The deputy CM added that an investigation is underway to determine the exact cause of the fire. The police are also checking whether fire prevention norms were followed, the deputy CM said.
“As Diwali is not far away, the police have been instructed to strictly adhere to fire safety norms in cracker shops and warehouses across the state,” Shivakumar added.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah also mourned the loss of life in the fire on social media platform from Anekal, district of Bengaluru city. “Tomorrow I will visit the accident site and inspect it. “My deepest condolences to the family of the deceased workers.”
According to the damage assessment carried out by officials, the fire destroyed seven two-wheelers, a container truck and three other vehicles.